West Side Story National Tour

The smash hit Broadway revival of West Side Story is coming to Vancouver! West Side Story will open at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on February 4, 2014.

West Side Story tells the story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria as they struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them. West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time and remains as powerful, poignant, and timely as ever. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered one of Broadway’s finest and features classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”

West Side Story National Tour
[West Side Story National Tour]

Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction will be recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography will be reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life).

The Associated Press says West Side Story “remains Broadway’s best dance-driven musical. Five decades have not dimmed the extraordinary choreography or the score that pulsates throughout.”

According to Variety, “The true stars of West Side Story are Jerome Robbins’ graceful, endlessly expressive choreography and Leonard Bernstein’s score, which still sounds bracingly modern a half-century after it was first heard. The music is a primal force.”

Addison Reid Coe, MaryJoanna Grisso
[Addison Reid Coe, MaryJoanna Grisso in the national tour of West Side Story]

West Side Story is written by three theatrical luminaries: two-time Tony Award winner Arthur Laurents (book) and multiple Tony and Grammy Award winners Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) in his Broadway debut. 

West Side Story features scenic designs by James Youmans, costumes by Tony Award nominee David C. Woolard, lighting by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley and sound design by Peter McBoyle

West Side Story logo

Broadway Across Canada presents West Side Story
Dates: February 4 to 9, 2014; Tuesday through Saturday, 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2 pm matinee; Sunday, 7:30 pm
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 649 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Starting at $35 (plus fees); available online or via phoning 1.855.985.5000
For Group Ticket purchases of 10 or more, phone 1.800.889.8457.

Photos courtesy of © Broadway.com.

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